I still remember it like it was yesterday. The first time I ever heard that band and song. I was just about 3 years old and the people working at my house had their boom box on and I’ll never forget the words and what happened next. “Shot Though The Heart and You’re To Blame. Darlin you give love, a bad name.” From that moment, I was sold. The first band that ever had a real impact on me and the album that set everything in motion. Bon Jovi and Slippery When Wet. What a way to start things off. The song “You Give Love A Bad Name” was and still is to this day, a huge favorite of mine. Every time I hear it, I can’t help but sing along. And when I go see a Bon Jovi concert. You best believe that I’m singing as loud as I can.
Bon Jovi was the first band I was ever a huge fan of. Ever since I was three years old, I’ve been a fan. My first concert ever was Bon Jovi back in 1989 (I was almost 5 at the time) when they were touring for their New Jersey album. Skid Row (yes, that Skid Row) was the opening band on that tour. One day I will write a whole elaborate piece about that show. Anyways, this morning while I was getting ready, “Wanted Dead or Alive” popped in my head but it was a particular version. Back in 1989, on the MTV Video Music Awards, Jon and Richie, took the stage, just the two of them with acoustic guitars and performed “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.” That performance would go on to live in infamy. Not only for how amazing it was but, because it was the inspiration for the MTV Unplugged series. So, here we are now, over 30 years since that performance, and it’s still one of the most memorable ones I’ve ever seen.
Bon Jovi- Livin’ On A Prayer/Wanted Dead Or Alive (1989 MTV Video Music Awards):